Analysis Of Anxiety, Stress Habits And Application Of Mindfulness Techniques

Anxiety is something everyone experiences, especially college students. Normal anxiety can have positive responses or negative ones, but it is usually the later. Your stress habits can be good or bad depending on how you feel in a certain situation. Using mindfulness techniques can help you in dealing with those anxiety’s and stress habits.

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For some people anxiety can happen when a big test is coming up or when their favorite band is coming to town. For me, my biggest anxiety is to not succeed in life. Being in the work force for ten years straight out of high school, living with roommates, and basically living check to check. My anxiety was always there but it would always keep getting buried. I did not want to think about it, especially since I was making enough money to cover my bills and have fun on the weekends. I became complacent. After being in school for so long and having self-doubt about whether I would be able to make it in college lead me to procrastinate and say to myself “I will just take a year off and start college next year”. One year eventually turned into ten years. Through those years I experienced a lot of anxiety’s like worrying about losing my job or not going to be able to make my rent on time. Usually I would battle those anxiety’s with stress relievers like listening to music, relaxing, or having some fun with friends.

One of my biggest positive stress habits was hanging out with my family or in particular; having heart to heart conversations with my dad. Even though in some conversations there were things I did not want to hear, but I needed too at the time. In the end, family can be the best therapy, because you know they have your best interest in mind. They want you to succeed and you want them to see you succeed. At the end of my ten years in the work force something amazing happened, probably the best thing ever. I got fired. At the time it did not seem like it was a good thing, but it gave me the chance to go back to school and get a college education. Being back in school after ten years; it felt a little weird at first, but I now know I made the right decision to come back.

Now that I am finally in college I try to focus on the here and now, what I am doing in the moment. Having more self-confidence and not doubting or judging myself. Being mindful of what I am doing. Accepting the mistakes of the past and conquering them. I feel like I have a fresh start and a second chance to do it right this time. I am determined to make it. I will not waver. I know what I am worth, and I plan to go out and get it.

18 May 2020

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